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Last Updated: 03-18-2010

1955, The Acquisitive Society Cover by Paul Rand

1955, The Acquisitive Society Cover by Paul Rand 1955, The Acquisitive Society Cover by Paul Rand

An outstanding book cover by American graphic designer Paul Rand for Richard Henry Tawney's book, The Acquisitive Society.

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Last Updated: 05-04-2010

Celeste Boursier-Mougenot Installation, London--2010

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Trained as a musician and composer, French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. His installation for The Curve will take the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other instruments and objects. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape. - Barbican Art Gallery. I was so taken by this intallation from French artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot and thought it would be a wonderful thing to pass-on. Enjoy.

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Last Updated: 05-04-2010

Currently Listening To--February 2010

Blank Dogs - Under and Under Blank Dogs - Under and Under
Blank Dogs, Masked Blank Dogs, Masked

This prolific one-man Brooklyn, NY based band roars and rocks so hard that they've been known to make children cry with their sheer rockness! His music displays killer sounds of analog instruments, synthesizers along with tons of feedback, while carrying a superb melody with is voice. He's usually covering his face with surgical masks, flannels and sheets; which looks awesome as hell. If you're a first time listener, check out 'Setting Fire To Your House' or 'No Compass'. Blank Dogs has existed since the mid-70's and he possesses a very large discography which consists of cassettes and so on. It can be difficult to track down all his work. Check out his 2009 release 'Under and Under'.

Give a listen to both and enjoy.

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Last Updated: 05-04-2010

Photographer Chronicles Martin Luther King Murals

Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, 1977 Photography by: Camilo Jose Vergara Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, 1977 Photography by: Camilo Jose Vergara
Bill's Original Taco House, 219 East Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles, 2006 Artist: Debbie Husband, Photography by: Camilo Jose Vergara Bill's Original Taco House, 219 East Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles, 2006 Artist: Debbie Husband, Photography by: Camilo Jose Vergara

Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara has spent his career documenting the very neighborhoods that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke often about — those in the poor inner city.

For more than 30 years, Vergara has taken pictures of King murals in neighborhoods from Detroit to Los Angeles, Chicago and Newark, N.J.

The murals sometimes look like they were painted by artists who had never seen a picture of the civil rights leader. One from a seafood restaurant in Los Angeles has a Latino-looking King next to an image of Pancho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary leader.

"The owner thought that by putting the two of them together, it would make African Americans feel at home," Vergara tells Steve Inskeep. "You see the merging of two cultures, which I think is a very interesting thing."

-- Article by NPR

Take a moment to listen to the interview, or read the article at the posted links provided below.

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Last Updated: 01-15-2010

Aleksander Mikhailovich Rodchenko

Rodchenko and Stepanova, 1920 Rodchenko and Stepanova, 1920
Lily Brik Poster, © Alexander Rodchenko Lily Brik Poster, © Alexander Rodchenko
Lili Brik Portrait for the poster 'Knigi', 1924, , © Alexander Rodchenko Lili Brik Portrait for the poster 'Knigi', 1924, , © Alexander Rodchenko

Aleksander Mikhailovich Rodchenko (1891-1956) was a Russian artist, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer, also one of the founders of constructivism and Russian design. He emerged in the 1920s as one of the most influential Russian constructivists, which came about shortly after the Russian Revolution and lasted up to about 1934, when it was replaced by Socialist Realism. While believing that art should be integrated into everyday life, Constructivists rejected the idea of ‘art for art’s sake,’ and incite, it should serve a useful purpose in society. It was for this reason that Rodchenko moved away from fine art and took his influential knowledge of Suprematism and applied it to more useful activities such as design, architecture and photography. It was at Kazan School of Art in Odessa, that he met artist Varvara Stepanova, his life-long friend, collaborator and future wife. He worked as a painter and graphic designer before turning to photomontage and photography. Both him and his wife were amazing artists. I have posted some of there amazing work for your enjoyment.

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Last Updated: 01-07-2010

Bill Gold Theatrical Posters

Cool Hand Luke Poster by Bill Gold Cool Hand Luke Poster by Bill Gold
Strangers On A Train Poster by Bill Gold Strangers On A Train Poster by Bill Gold

American graphic designer Bill Gold is best known for his thousands of movie poster designs. It was, and always will be difficult for me to say which of his poster designs are an excellent example of his outstanding work. I can just flip through his posters for hours. But, cause I've recently had the urge to watch 'Cool Hand Luke' and 'Strangers on a Train'…

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